Good for you. I was in the same place 2 years ago. I lost 50 lbs., looked great, felt great. Then I stopped being consistent with my exercising and dieting. I gained 15 lbs. back. I have been fighting these 15 lbs. ever since.
Please, please keep on top of things before you are in my situation.
Hey folk, I have been at this fitness and healthy lifestyle change since college (1976-1981), and I am 55 years old! It is still a daily struggle! In college I took two nutrition classes, which have helped significantly in keeping my weight where I want it due to the knowledge I have about how foods are metabolized and what fats, carbohydrates, and proteins are!
Started jogging in high school and was about 35 years old when I learned it was important to stretch. Yoga, Pilates, serious swimming, strength training were added in my forties.
Though I am fairly fit for my age, the struggle to maintain is almost daily, especially when I am injured or ill(such as I have been for the last five months.) Do I need the support and information from SP? You bet! And I have been working at this for forty years! I enjoy reading about others going through the same struggles! It never goes away. My old habits slip in so fast it would make your head spin! But be encouraged, as it sure is worth the effort!
At my age, I have high cholesterol, but my HDL is so high from jogging that it protects me. I can have my cake, but I have to have it seldom and in small portions then run as fast as I can!
I am kind of in the same boat. I lost about 70 pounds last year, and life kind of got in the way, and my fiance and I ended up moving in with my parents last December. Fast forward to September and we moved out again. The whole time we were living with my parents, I just kind of maintained my weight. Since moving, I've been working out at the local gym regularly, but my eating isn't as good as it could be. I can definitely tell that some old eating habits snuck up on me especially with the stress now from school.
I too am ready to get back to seeing more loss. I'm not out of the woods yet-
I could have written the same letter about two weeks ago... plateau, carelessness. The thing that makes me happy is that I only gained back about 4-5 pounds and it is now gone... and I've realized I need a more disciplined plan of activity and exercise, so I'm busily trying to build those new habits... so consequently, I'm focused and motivated again.
I think most of us have been there at one point or another. This is what has gotten us where we are right now. You came her to start for a reason - don't ever let that slip. What is it you are getting out of it? You already said you have had success. Don't give up on adding more success.
You can do this. You deserve it.
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YIPPEE! I consider moments like this as "a stop and get out of the car and look at the view", type of deal. Because this is a life-long journey we are on, sometimes we have to stop for a bit and appreciate how far we have come, where we are, and where we would like to see ourselves down the road. It took me 3 1/2 years to lose my weight and while many may see that as too long, for me taking time allowed me to FINALLY give up the diet mentality. For the first time ever, I have actually kept the weight off longer than it took me to lose it (over 4 years now)--to the point I no longer have to think, I just do--this is what I call healthy living.
Keep up the awesome job!
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I have been enjoying my recent weight loss, have received some great compliments for my efforts and kinda been in a holding pattern for awhile. Not really tracking like I used too, watching what I eat yet not pushing myself to the next level. Have decided today that this weight that I have been at is getting Old and need to apply myself for success. Very easy to slack and not track, when you have gotten some results, kinda freaked me out that I am seeing so old eating habits sneaking in the back door. Back to business.
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